Masterminds

Masterminds

Book - 2015
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A group of kids discover that their ideal crime-free community is connecting to some of the greatest criminal masterminds ever known.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, c2015.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443428736
Characteristics: 323 p.

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TheMusicKid
Aug 08, 2017

This is a really good book! Probably one of my favorites, actually. The suspense was well spread throughout, and the plot is very creative. If you like suspenseful books packed with adventure, this is a book for you. 5/5 stars for me!

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IlluminatiPickle
Aug 04, 2017

This is a good book that is interesting and fun.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 14, 2017

Very good. I couldn't wait for the next book! This was a very well written, and thought out adventure. Full stars!

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gamerknight
Mar 31, 2017

this book is very exciting, if you love adventure books, this it the go to book to read!

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gaoyitian
Dec 11, 2016

Really Amazing! No wonder one of the Langley Book of the Year :)

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harinii
Aug 04, 2016

this book is so awesome it won the silver birch award

SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book can be found in the "Summary" section. The review was published in the Stratford Gazette in November 2015.

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red_eagle_800
Mar 12, 2016

THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!! I really loved it.

PEPLKendra Mar 01, 2016

This book is one of the nominees for Silver Birch and rightfully so! This book was wonderfully hilarious and I can not wait to read the second book!

Really loved it. The second one is just as good, but this was just great. Liked it a lot, as Gordon Korman is one of my favorite authors. I have been to Pueblo, so that was really exciting to see it in a book. Literally one of the Best Gordon Korman books ever.

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BudgiesNbooks
Jul 14, 2017

BudgiesNbooks thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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selenium_monkey_3
Jun 14, 2017

selenium_monkey_3 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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red_elk_39
May 14, 2017

red_elk_39 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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violet_cat_5387
May 19, 2016

violet_cat_5387 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 14

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blue_bird_5597
Feb 16, 2016

blue_bird_5597 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

Serenity, New Mexico, is a peaceful, self-sufficient community. Its residents, young and old, practise the values that they have always been taught: honesty, kindness, peace, getting along with others, and non-violence. They believe that Serenity is the best community in the world – there is no crime, unemployment, poverty or homelessness - and they see little need to travel elsewhere.
However, all is not as it seems in “perfect” Serenity.
Eli Frieden, a 13-year-old resident, receives a note from a friend whose family has just been sent away from the community. “Protect yourself, Eli. There’s something screwy going on in that town.”
Shortly after that, a severe storm briefly affects the community’s Internet access. During that short interval, Eli retrieves some very disturbing online information about Serenity - information that isn’t usually available to the public. It appears that town has some very sinister secrets. In fact, Serenity is connected to some of the most heinous criminal masterminds ever known!
Eli is shocked and realizes that most of the residents – even his neighbours and possibly his own parents – can’t be trusted.
In their search for answers, Eli and his friends make some unthinkably grim discoveries.
At the end of this fast-paced story (which is narrated in alternating voices, including that of Eli), some unanswered questions remain. Masterminds is the first book in a new adventure / science fiction trilogy by Gordon Korman, author of a wide range of popular fiction for children. Readers will be keen to read the second installment!
** Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.

cmlibrary_jcurrie Jan 25, 2016

Eli and his friends live in the small, perfect town of Serenity, New Mexico. The streets have names like Amity and Happiness. All the families have a beautiful green lawn, a big house, and a swimming pool. Life is perfect in Serenity, but boring. Then something happens that gets Eli’s best friend Randy kicked out of Serenity. He leaves clues and a note to warn Eli that something is not right in their perfect little town. Eli and his friends start to investigate and discover that everything they have been told about themselves, their town and their parents is not true.

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